Board of Directors

The Friends Board of Directors has a strong commitment to serving the many constituents of our organization. But first and foremost, they focus their energies on those who take advantage of our programs and services.

Our Board represents a cross-section of our community and has a passion for our organization and those we serve. Board Members work hard to promote long-term sustainability of the organization and its vision for the future.

Aletha Coleman, JD, CPA – President
Tax Attorney and CPA (retired) and Community Volunteer

Lauren Angelo – Vice President
Engineer and Community Volunteer

Jane Rytina – Secretary
Community Volunteer

Carolyn Amster, CPA, JD, LLM – Treasurer
Burr, Pilger, Mayer, Inc. – Tax Partner

Wiley Anderson
Investor, former Software Engineer

Kelly Bavor
Educator and Community Volunteer

Annette Bialson, JD
Bialson, Bergen and Schwab – Founder & COO
Former Chair of Palo Alto Planning & Transportation Commission; former President of Planning & Community Development Dept. League of CA Cities

Steve Emslie
Goodyear Peterson Hayward & Assoc. – Regional Director;
City of Palo Alto Planning & Community Environment – former Director

Andrea Helft
Anderson Brulé Architects – Director of Strategic Planning and Health & Wellness Leader

Paul Hopkins  Co-Chair of JMZ Initiative
Colt Data Centre Services (DCS) – VP of U.S. Sales

Jon Kiya
Boston Private – Senior Vice President & Team Leader, Corporate Client Group

Marshall Koch  Co-Chair of JMZ Initiative
MRK Asset Management, LLC – President

Mark Murray
Lane Partners – Principal

Steve Reller
R&M Properties – President

Anna Richardson White
Brand Communications Director

Chris Skarakis
Blip – Co-Founder and Community Volunteer

Tim Stitt
Vance Brown Builders

Roxy Rapp – Emeritus